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Maleficent Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Jolie is perfectly suited for the role, letting everyone know with her eyes when she's just funnin' and when she's actually angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Becky Suter
July 11, 2016
[Disney] has learned plenty from Pixar's special move of subverting traditional perceptions of good and evil, mixing it with the love of a good origins story (Ó la Marvel) and with an added dash of wry humour that works for kids and grown ups alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 6, 2016
A muddy experience, both visually and thematically, although Angelina Jolie vibrates with a radiant camp intensity that demands a better, more confident movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 18, 2016
There are some Lord of the Rings-knockoff battle scenes between the evil humans and the good-hearted fairies-who live as one with nature, share everything, and need no government whatsoever ("Fairies of the World Unite!").
Full Review | Original Score: 2 of 5
J. Olson
April 15, 2016
Its highs are modest, but it never shortchanges its audience on spectacle or thoughtfulness or loving but frustrated nostalgia for its source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 14, 2015
An unintentional #YesAllWomen fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
J.C. Mašek III
November 4, 2014
Maleficent became one of Disney's premiere baddies because she was so dark and menacing in the first place. This is far from a mere "humanizing" of the character, but a worthy adventure in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeff Beck
November 3, 2014
"Maleficent" is a fascinating spin on an old tale that gives us the unique opportunity to explore the story from a different point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
While little is properly explained - hence the excessive narration - the scene where Jolie clutches her chest while howling for her beautiful wings, is deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
September 21, 2014
This is how you update a classic tale!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014
For all its digital spectacle and redundant action-violence it understands the power of the fraught gesture, the soft word, the shadowed expressionistic closeup: Jolie is photographed as lovingly and spookily here as Simone Simon in "Cat People."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
August 6, 2014
Jolie's devilish best is smothered by a ploddingly safe movie insisting on vague goodness and badness, utterly redeeming a villain, and children being the very cutest-shmoopiest creatures in the world, oh-aren't-they-just?
Mark Hughes
August 1, 2014
Tonally, the story never knows whether it wants to be a kids' movie, a comedy, an action-driven fantasy, or a remake rooted more in the "dark and gritty" tradition of the original fairy tales on which it is based.
August 1, 2014
That the film is arguably far too emotionally and psychologically bleak for its target audience would be excusable, even laudable, if it were better.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Widgett Walls
July 17, 2014
Disney's #1 villain...they've turned her into a glorified nanny and a prankster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 10, 2014
whenever the film threatens to sink into CGI oblivion or narrative clunkiness, Jolie is there to save the day with her screen-grabbing presence
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
July 10, 2014
There's several moments where the titular character sits around watching other people and waiting for things to happen. In order to re-invent it from her POV, there were bound to be a lot of things that don't make sense, such as believable motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 5, 2014
No Jolie can't carry this film, but there is plenty of blame to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
June 30, 2014
The material seems too dark and violent for the target demographic, who could have difficulty finding a rooting interest in characters that possess more degrees of villainy than heroism.
Kevin A. Ranson
June 22, 2014
...remains surprisingly faithful to the original while recreating the title character... You only think you know the story (but this one - in many ways - is so much better).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
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